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The Sea-Hawk by Rafael Sabatini
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Jul 21, 2009

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bookshelves: ripping_yarns, seafaring_tales, swashbucklers, fiction

Wonderful bit of cheese by a master of cheesiness. All manner of twists and turns of plots, with wonderfully over-the-top ripe prose (lots of "thou's" strewn about). If you like escapism to be Escapism with a capital E, this is your book.

I'd thought that the 1940 Erol Flynn movie "The Sea Hawk" was based on this novel, and as I read I was initially confused as the book's plot wasn't the same as the movie's other than that both share a pirate connection. Later I found that an earlier film (1924) of the same name had been based on the Sabatini tale. Confusing, eh?

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